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Author Biography

Katharine Kittredge is Professor of English at Ithaca College, where she teaches courses in Science Fiction, Children's Literature, and Women's Studies. Her various activities and publications are described at http://faculty.ithaca.edu/kkittredge/.

Qina Liu (qinaliu.wordpress.com) has been an anchor, producer, reporter and photographer on Newswatch 16 (ictv.org/newswatch), Tompkins County's only local news program. She has also produced, "Hell and High Water" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xILmVcfyAyk), a 15-minute documentary on the 2011 flood in Owego, N.Y. She will be graduating from Ithaca College in May 2013 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Abstract

Filmmaker Qina Liu has created a short documentary about Katharine Kittredge's decade-long quest to learn about the life and work of Anglo-Irish diarist and poet Melesina Trench. The story tells of remarkable coincidences, documents lost and found, and the emergence of Trench's descendants in the project's final chapter.

Keywords

early modern women's writing, diaries, bluestockings, Irish Quakers, poetry, science fiction, mourning, courtship, early modern gender roles, Lord Nelson, Emma Hamilton, microhistory